The Importance Of Institutional Logics

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Logic is often viewed as stable and universal. This is not the case regarding institutional logics. Institutional logics can be defined as: “sets of material practices and symbolic constructions constituting organizing principles available to organizations and individuals to elaborate.” (Waldorff, 2013). These institutional logics give meaning to the processes and values of the institution. Institutional logics are changed over time, and several logics might even co-exist (Waldorff, 2013). The co-existence of logics shows the importance of focusing not only on one but all relevant to the innovation (ibid.). A reason for several existing logics can be the change of governance structures.
Governance structures are the logics that are used to control and guide the public sector. Three governance approaches currently exist: Traditional Public Administration (TPA), New Public Management (NPM) and New Public Governance (NPG) (Waldorff et al., 2014). The logic of TPA is based on citizen rights and access to public services. Changes coming from TPA are based on a top-down governmental structure, which aims to improve the quality of welfare institutions. The decisions are based on professional and political knowledge and thus does not include the civilians, who function as clients. NPM is based on principles of the market and its purpose is to increase the effectivity of the public sector through competition. One of the most important distinctions from TPA is the decentralization,

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